Ambitious Politicians: The Implications of Career Ambition by Patrik Öhberg

By Patrik Öhberg

"[T]hose those who needs to want to rule everyone is, ipso facto, these least fitted to do it." this can be how author Douglas Adams well expressed the typical view of political ambition. And but, it’s difficult to visualize any flesh presser getting some distance with no it. Ambitious Politicians brings a welcome learn and perception to this conundrum.

Focusing first at the party-centered politics of eu democracies, the place occupation targets are unavoidably assorted than these within the usa, Patrik Öhberg appears to be like heavily at what motivates these aiming on the maximum point of the political hierarchy, how those motivators range among extra and not more equalitarian societies, and the way such objectives play out. His ebook, which pulls upon a uniquely wide survey performed through the Swedish nationwide Election research software, is the 1st thorough examine of elite politicians who aspire to the pinnacle echelons of the parliamentary approach. Politicians with profession objectives have a special notion of illustration, Öhberg unearths; they show a better measure of political self-regard and are extra attentive to the needs of the celebration elite in constructing innovations. those findings range between eu democracies, they usually vary from the qualities and trajectories of political ambition within the usa. through making a choice on the subtleties and charting the diversities, Öhberg bargains a worthwhile lesson on no matter if and the way consultant democracies are served by means of politicians pushed by way of own ambition, or by way of these subverting such targets to the desires of get together or state.

Ambition, this well timed e-book reminds us, has been the most important for political thinkers from Aristotle throughout the Founding Fathers to the most recent candidate for greater workplace. educated by means of historical past and social technological know-how idea, and level-headed in a wealth of information, Ambitious Politicians expands our realizing of the real and altering function of such ambition in collective decision-making in our day.

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